This is our Alfonzo Dennard scouting report. A very talented cornerback that plays for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. There have been many sources (rob Rang and Tony Pauline are just two of them) that have written that scouts feel Alfonzo Dennard is a superior prospect to last year’s 19th overall pick, Prince Amukamara.
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5’10 204 pounds
4.55 40 yard dash, 30″ arms, 9 1/2″ hands
Stats (CFB stats.com)
|G||Passes Broken Up||QB Hurries||Fumbles Forced||Kicks/Punts Blocked|
2011: Been injured much of the year
Nebraska Cornhuskers Bio
5-10, 205-pound Dennard has outstanding quickness, leaping ability and ball skills, making him one of the nation’s top returning cover corners. Dennard will also be counted on for leadership in a re-tooled secondary that lost five veteran seniors to graduation.
Dennard was overshadowed in the Husker secondary the past two years by 2010 Thorpe Award finalist Prince Amukamara, but opposing coaches and quarterbacks can attest to Dennard’s ability. Dennard earned plenty of honors on his own in 2010, being named a second-team All-Big 12 choice by most sources, and helping Nebraska rank in the top five nationally in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed. Dennard first moved into the starting lineup midway through his sophomore year.
Despite not taking a redshirt year, Dennard is on track to graduate in May of 2012.
PROS: Great experience as a starter…hard worker…very quick to read quarterback… ball-hawk… solid tackler…has lock-down potential…excels in press coverage…good bulk and build…good speed…makes a lot of plays on the football…also plays well in zone coverage…doesn’t shy away from tackles…fluid enough to play the slot at the N.F.L. level
CONS: Injuries have been a slight concern for him (concussion in 2010), otherwise his biggest issue will be adjusting to the speed of the NFL…over aggressive at times making him vulnerable to double moves…a tick shorter than ideal..willing tackler does not mean great tackler…recently arrested for assault (report came out a week prior to draft)
Player comparison: Jonathan Joseph
I’m not sure I”m willing to say Dennard is a better pro prospect than Prince Amukamara, but he is a real good one. He is a very fluid athlete who does a nice job in press coverage and could really excel on a team like the Oakland Raiders (but he won’t be drafted by the Oakland Raiders because they have no early round draft picks). Teams might turned off a bit by his injury history, but the team that does draft him in the late part of the first round is really getting themselves a top coverage corner. What you also like about Dennard is that he has the versatility to play outside or in the slot.